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Neil Patrick Harris To Host All New “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”

Neil Patrick Harris will join Mickey Mouse as host of the all new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” opening May 22, 2015 at Disney California Adventure Park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Fulfilling their hosting duties through video footage, Mickey Mouse and Neil take you on a fun-filled and inspirational journey – from Walt’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments to his dream of Disneyland Park. Plus, the show culminates in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before!

This unforgettable show features animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”

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The all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” is just one part of the dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which kicks off May 22, 2015 along with the new “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Stay tuned for more details regarding the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!


Christmas Decorations At Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds On Travel With Rick

Join Rick and Amanda as they celebrate the holidays with a tour through Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds to see the amazing Christmas decorations.

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Talking Magician Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom

It’s always a thrill to meet the “head mouse” himself, but now when you visit the Magic Kingdom, Magician Mickey Mouse has some extra magic in store for you…  He can talk!

Talking Magician Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom

The new, talking, Magician Mickey Mouse debuted this week at the Town Square Theater, and now when you visit, Mickey has some extra magic in store for you. Check it out!

Book Your Walt Disney World Vacation and Visit Magician Mickey for Yourself!

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

All over Walt Disney World, Santa hats with Mickey Ears and Minnie Ears in green and red are popping up.  When asked where the hat wearers got the amazing hats, they replied, “We booked our Holiday vacation with Kingdom Magic Vacations!”

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

This Holiday Season enjoy a special gift from Kingdom Magic Vacations when you book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package! Book at least a 4-night Magic Your Way package plus Dining at a Disney World Moderate or Deluxe Resort any time between now and 10/31/2013 for travel dates 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 and receive a FREE Santa Hat*

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

What could be better?  You get FREE Mickey Ear Santa hats for the whole family AND a great vacation to make lifetime memories!

Ask your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more details!

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World*While Supplies Last – Offer Available for NEW Bookings Only

Here’s a Sneak Peek at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

As the clock ticks closer the start of Epcot’s international Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble shares some of this year’s featured artwork available to guests.

Here's a Sneak Peek at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

“This year’s artwork is based on artwork created by Walt Disney Imagineering that you will see throughout the event,” explaines Randy. “The art has a humorous point of view, which is different from the imagery found in the previous year’s events. For this whimsical image, I used pastel colors to create a softer look for the overall image. If you look carefully, you will spot Remy from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille’ in the top of the chef’s hat.”

Here's a Sneak Peek at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

The bumbling, yet-unnamed chef inspired a new item for the festival this year – a seven-inch bobble figurine of the chef. The figurine was sculpted by artist Robert King and looks awesome (especially the details on Spaceship Earth!). Look for this chef artwork on additional items like a reusable tote bag and more.

Here's a Sneak Peek at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

While the chef is a new character for this year’s event, we are also introducing a small art program featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as chefs. The character artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist Brian Blackmore, with digital rendering done by artist Dan Salgo. You may recall similar artwork introduced last year in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

Here's a Sneak Peek at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

Another character returning this year is a 12-inch Duffy the Disney Bear dressed in a new chef outfit. He joins other new items like a Mouse ear headband with a chef’s hat, a new cranberry bog pin featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale, and a new three-inch Vinylmation figure designed by Disney artist Thomas Scott. The limited edition Vinylmation figure features Gusteau from ‘Ratatouille’ and will be packaged in a mystery box. The more common figure (edition size 2,250) will be in full color, while the monochromatic variant figure (edition size 250) will be rarer to find.

Stay tuned for additional updates as we get closer to the start of the festival.

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‘Limited Time Magic’ Sweets to Celebrate Independence Week at Disney Parks

Fourth of July themed sweets at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a special “Limited Time Magic” treat, on menus for just one week from July 1-7.
Here’s what you’ll find:

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ever-popular cupcakes celebrate the Fourth of July with an all-American “apple pie” cupcake – vanilla cake with apple pie filling, caramel buttercream frosting and apple crisp topping. Topped off with a flourish of red, white and blue sprinkles and a red, white and blue white chocolate Mickey Mouse. The cupcakes are on the menu at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Café and Fairfax Fare. Cost is $4.99 and the cupcakes are one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

At Sunshine Seasons Bakery in The Land Pavilion in Epcot Future World, a fancy Baked Alaska Mousse is on the menu, a red, white and blue concoction of raspberry, white chocolate and blueberry mousse dipped in meringue. Cost is $3.99 and it is one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

Upstairs in The Land Pavilion, Garden Grill is adding an old-fashioned patriotic dessert – a skillet peach cobbler with vanilla whipped cream. It’s part of the family-style Chip ‘n Dales’ Harvest Feast dinner served nightly.

In the Magic Kingdom Park, StoryBook Treats is adding a red, white and blue strawberry shortcake to the menu – white shortcake, red strawberries and fresh blueberries for a touch of blue. Cost is $4.99 and is not dining plan eligible.

 

New Dining Experiences with an Extra Course of Magic are Served Aboard the Reimagined Disney Magic

Mealtimes are memorable entertainment experiences for guests of all ages aboard the Disney Magic. When the ship relaunches, a helping of fun served with a full course of magic is on the menu. Elaborately themed restaurants with distinctly Disney touches combine with world-class cuisine to please the palate and satisfy all the senses.

Here are some highlights of the dining delights in store for guests aboard the Disney Magic:

Dining with an dash of animation magic

New restaurants and new technology are on the menu for the restaurants aboard Disney Magic.

Animator’s Palate, one of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around.  New furnishings all around the interior of the restaurant, including custom-built Mickey Mouse chairs, provide a fun feast for the eyes, while the delectables and dishes provide a feast for the palate.

A heaping helping of entertainment is served up during the brand-new “Drawn to Magic” experience at Animator’s Palate. Throughout this deliciously fresh take on Disney Cruise Line’s much beloved classic dinner celebration, the restaurant’s black and white “blank canvas” explodes into full color as favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar characters, such as Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Remy from “Ratatouille,” come to life right before guests’ eyes. The show culminates with the wait staff in a colorful, lively parade around the transformed restaurant.

From sketch to reality, “Drawn to Magic” is an innovative, memorable, and musical animation celebration being introduced on the Disney Magic.

On every Disney Magic cruise, guests will have an opportunity to experience the tremendously popular “Animation Magic” dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in an innovative new way. First unveiled on the Disney Fantasy, “Animation Magic” invites guests to create their own hand-drawn characters that magically spring to life, become fully animated and join the show onscreen.

As guests are seated at their tables for dinner, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.

On large monitors around the room, Sorcerer Mickey Mouse begins the show, inviting guests to enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney•Pixar films is shown, set to the tune “Be Our Guest.” After the number is complete, guests’ drawings are whisked away.

After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a musical crescendo, he works his magic and conjures the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests’ drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation becomes more elaborate as the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies, skipping and dancing side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, guests’ drawings are returned to them … with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.

More family dining, from elegant to casual

The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s, a new restaurant named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca.  Festooned with lighted lanterns, the restaurant is designed to be “fun by day, elegant by night,” says Lanzisero.

During the day, buffet meals feature a festival theme before night falls and the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janiero, with city-side windows softly illuminated and lanterns flickering overhead.  A scenery scrim is drawn to conceal the buffet and kitchen areas for dinner service, providing a more elegant dining locale. Carioca’s replaces Parrot Cay restaurant, currently on the Disney Magic.

Another new restaurant to the Disney Magic is Cabanas, a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations during daytime hours and a table-service restaurant during dinner.  Drawing inspiration from Australian influences with uniquely Disney touches, Cabanas offers indoor and outdoor dining.  The Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the décor and guests can find hints of the film’s fishy and feathered friends throughout the restaurant.  The beach-themed dining room, colorful surfboards, beach umbrellas and teak Adirondack chairs create a sunny “down under” setting for guests.

Cabanas (which replaces the current Topsider Buffet) also is expanding. Imagineers have added more indoor area to the popular restaurant and increased the total square-footage of air-conditioned space by nearly 3,400 square feet to more than 9,460 square feet. After dry dock, seating increases from 249 to 343 indoor seats and from 132 to 112 outdoor seats.

Palo specialty restaurant for adults

Disney Cruise Line’s popular Palo restaurant receives a makeover with stylish wood fixtures, glass artwork panels, new stone floors, decorative lighting and hand-tufted carpet. Red and white striped poles reminiscent of those found throughout the canals in Venice are a design feature. A rich interior color palette – inspired by Venetian artwork – complements gourmet dishes that please guests’ palates.

While the look of Palo is enhanced, the world-renowned Northern Italian cuisine and elegant dining experience has not changed.  Open to guests 18-and-above and available to book as much as 120 days in advance, Palo serves dinner and brunch.

 

Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs Discusses MagicBands at All Things Digital Conference

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, showed off its new high-tech system at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference. This is the most information we’ve seen released on the new MagicBands.

Mr. Staggs discussed the many possibilities that come with the MagicBands, including customized “Happy Birthday” messages for guests and interactive attractions.

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A few of Mr. Staggs Major Points: 

  • Disney’s park characters, including talking Mickey Mouse, will be able to know visitors names in advance of meeting them, even setting up specific meet-and-greet times for personalized encounters.

  • Restaurants, beginning with Be Our Guest in New Fantasyland, will allow advance ordering of food, ready upon arrival.

  • Guests will be able to design an It’s a Small World doll online at home, which will appear in the ride, popping up from behind decorations, while passing by, appearing along with a special message if guests are celebrating an occasion, like a birthday.

  • Ride times, fireworks and parade seating, and other attractions will be able to be reserved from home in advance using the My Disney Experience online system.

  • MagicBands will integrate with FastPass and PhotoPass systems.

  • Staggs hinted that the upcoming Disney Infinity console video game will interact with the MagicBand, though he noted he isn’t ready to make any official announcements.

  • Staggs emphasized the overall goal is not to convert all attractions to digital experiences,noting Disney’s parks are a 360-5 experience, meaning 360-degrees around guests using all five senses. He also said It’s a Small World as a digital ride would not be appealing, but attractions like that can be enhanced digitally.

What do you think about the new Magic Bands? Leave us a comment, we’d love to know what you think.

“Mickey and the Magical Map” Coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park This May

Beginning Saturday, May 25, Mickey Mouse will embark on a series of amazing adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park.

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

“Mickey and the Magical Map” is designed for Disneyland guests of all ages and represents Disney storytelling at its most thrilling.

The show presents Mickey in his timeless role as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Sorcerer Yen Sid sets his Mapmakers to work and the ensemble cast of male and female performers paints a wondrous map – capable of taking dreamers to any place imaginable and so large it spans the entire stage of Fantasyland Theatre.

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and he stumbles upon the map’s magical powers which take him, along with the audience, on a fantastic journey of imagination in the company of the Mapmakers. The journey, presented through stunning theatrical wizardry, reveals fantastic worlds of music, color, adventure and beloved characters with each new direction.

Heading east leads Mickey and the audience to a swinging adventure with the coolest of jungle beasts, King Louie. Looking to the west, audiences will be inspired by the dreams of brave storybook heroines Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel. The journey north leads to a celebration of life “Under the Sea,” and a trip south takes the audience on a “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

“Mickey and the Magical Map” will be a highlight of 2013 at the Disneyland Resort, which also features such recent additions as princess encounters in the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland, and the spectacular new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street areas in the expanded Disney California Adventure Park.

First Look at the Logo for Star Wars Weekends 2013 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

One of Mickey Mouse’s favorite things about Star Wars Weekends is that he gets to dress in his Jedi best and join the galactic fun. Each year, Mickey seems to take on a different role in the official “Star Wars” Weekends logo. This year, his imagination takes him to the Forest Moon of Endor, where he is seen zipping away from scout troopers with Chip and Dale. Mickey’s wild speeder bike ride on this year’s artwork has historical significance, as 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” — the film that featured the Battle of Endor.

Star Wars Weekends takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013.

In addition to unveiling the logo for this year’s event, we’re excited to announce a pair of celebrity appearances for Star Wars Weekends 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort, with two legends from the saga doubling the fun in two consecutive weekends.

Action star Ray Park, who portrayed the Sith warrior Darth Maul on the silver screen, will be one of the celebrity guests in Weekends I and II. Actor Warwick Davis, known to Star Wars fans as everyone’s favorite Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick, will be one of the guests during Weekends II and III.

Star Wars Weekends takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013. Most event activities are included in regular park admission.

Star Wars: © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.

Sneak Peek at Merchandise for the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I’m looking forward to the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This year’s event will feature millions of blooms, great entertainment and new food offerings from March 6 to May 19 at Epcot. Last year, I enjoyed visiting Epcot on multiple occasions to photograph many beautiful flowers (I also snapped some wonderful images in the butterfly garden). This year, my photographic journey started at the Festival Center. This highly-themed destination is located between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy, and it’s home to demonstrations, seminars and a merchandise shop.

Merchandise at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

This year, the merchandise location resembles a garden oasis. The sound of gentle water and chirping birds filled the air as I took photos. Last year, we introduced artwork that featured Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as topiaries. The artwork was incredibly popular with guests, so we added a Minnie Mouse topiary to the mix for this year. You can find her image on apparel, a reusable tote bag and, my favorite, a new coffee mug (look inside the mug for a cool detail).

There were a few other items that caught my eye, including a new topiary-inspired headband, a strawberry ear hat, Duffy the Disney Bear in overalls, D-Tech on Demand iPhone cases and more. We are also introducing new garden statues that look like Grumpy and Dopey. Look for additional character topiary statues in the weeks to come.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Mickey and All His Pals at Hong Kong Disneyland

The celebration begins as soon as guests enter the park, where a glittering Mickey Mouse-shaped gold statue welcomes them in Town Square. (The color gold is a theme throughout the celebration, as the color symbolizes prosperity and good fortune). Main Street, U.S.A. , will be lined with Chinese New Year décor that’s perfect for special photo opportunities. You can also meet Mickey, Minnie, Duffy and other Disney pals in their special gold-trimmed Chinese New Year outfits.

Celebrate Chinese New Year on the ‘Golden Walk of Fortune’ at Hong Kong Disneyland

You can also choose from 50 new merchandise items, including Mickey Family Chinese New Year Lai See Red Packets, fortune-telling sticks, fortune wheels, festive candy boxes and limited-edition crystal embedded watches, which are only available at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Limited Time Magic Continues This Summer at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts,Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.

Guests will enjoy an extra dash of pixie dust each week in 2013 when they visit Walt Disney World whether it’s a meet and greet with rarely seen Disney characters, A Chalk Art Festival or a special salute to Father’s Day — the element of surprise enhances the experience.

Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

Disney dream makers are crafting more surprises and magical offers that will be rolled out weekly during the magical year. Make sure you check back here to see the latest updates for Disney’s Limited Time Magic!

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